7. Wise Men Seek Him with Matthew 2: 1, 11
Joan Bohlig (1936- )
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Wise men represent the privileged, educated, and wealthy of all races who kneel before the Christ
Child. They have removed their shoes to show their awareness of being in the presence of a king, or on
holy ground. One king has removed his crown and placed it on the ground in deference to a higher
king. They offer Christ elaborate and costly gifts. Joseph and Mary are introducing the child to the wise
men, but Christ is introducing himself to us, the viewers, in a cruciform. His arms are stretched out in a
way that recalls for us his death on the cross, and reminds us that he came to die.
Matthew: 2: 1,2, 9-11
1After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came
to Jerusalem 2and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the
east[and have come to worship him."
9After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east[ went
ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10When they saw the star, they were
overjoyed. 11On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down
and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of
incense and of myrrh.